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USC, Marqise Lee say WR wasn't paid for signed photos

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

Marqise Lee and USC have been proactive in response to signed memorabilia. (USATSI)
Marqise Lee and USC have been proactive in response to signed memorabilia. (USATSI)

Johnny Manziel isn't the only college football star whose autograph is attached to memorabilia on sale right now -- which is why Southern California is trying to make sure that All-American wide receiver Marqise Lee doesn't find himself embroiled in the kind of allegations that are currently dogging Manziel.

Per the Associated Press, USC and Lee issued forceful statements Tuesday that Lee was not compensated for the photographs bearing his signature being sold online.

"I did not ask to be paid," Lee said. "I was not offered anything, I did not get anything and I did not authorize my autographs to be sold."

Lee said he signed several photos at the BCS Championship Game in January for a person who thought was a "fan and collector," per the AP. Those photos later appeared for sale online.

The school's vice president of athletic compliance said USC is attempting to put a stop to the sales on legal grounds.

The reigning Biletnikoff Award winner, Lee finished second in the nation in 2012 with 1,721 receiving yards, making him the leading returning receiver in the FBS for 2013.

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